The Friends of the Grand Western Canal exists to enhance the experiences of all users of the Grand Western Canal, the historic water way that connected Tiverton with Taunton 150 years ago.
The Grand Western runs for 24 miles through the beautiful unspoilt countryside of Mid Devon and western Somerset. 11 miles remain in water and form one of Devon County Council's most prized Country Parks The remainder, although back in private ownership, has a public footpath running along much of its former towing path.
Residents and visitors of all ages can find much to enjoy and great satisfaction in the peace and tranquility that exist along this linear haven. Whether walking, cycling, jogging, boating, fishing, wild-life watching or just enjoying the stunning views, there's something for everyone.
The Friends, and its predecessor, the Grand Western Canal Trust, have been supporting the DCC rangers and the officers of Taunton Deane DC since 1988 in working to preserve and enhance this unique heritage.
Since the devastating flood on 21st Nov 2012 that washed out an embankment at Halberton, we are focusing on reinstatement of the waterway in time for our bi-centenary in 2014.
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The Grand Western Canal hosted the National Trailboat Festival in 2008
The Grand Western Canal forms part of national cycle route 3 - passing beneath on of Rennies classic arched bridges.